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How to Thank a Teacher (When You’re a Teacher, Too)

By The Room 241 Team November 23, 2017

November is the perfect time to say thanks, but it’s more than gathering around a table with your family and loved ones. Think about the teachers in your life—the ones educating tomorrow’s leaders, inspiring everyone around them, and being there for their students 25 hours a day, 8 days a week, and 366 days a… Read More

The Easiest Exercises To Do Right At Your Desk

By The Room 241 Team October 24, 2017

Running on a treadmill or going to a spin class might be the last thing you feel like doing after a long work day. Before and after the bell rings, you’re grading papers, meeting with students, planning, and more. You’re constantly putting your own life on hold so you can be there for your students day… Read More

Virtual Applause Part 2: These 5 Teachers Are Making a Difference

By The Concordia University-Portland Enrollment Team October 17, 2017

Small gestures, words of encouragement, and moments of connection make a difference in the classroom. In this blog series, Virtual Applause, we recognize teachers across the country who make an impact by developing innovative curricula, thoughtfully engaging with their students, and finding opportunities to connect education to the world outside the classroom. Every state and… Read More

An Open Letter to Teachers Everywhere on World Teachers' Day

By The Concordia University-Portland Enrollment Team October 5, 2017

Dear teachers everywhere, You have the most exciting, fulfilling, exhausting, overwhelming, incredible job that exists today. That’s a bold statement, yes. But you do. When you’re in the classroom, you put everything going on in your own life on hold so that you can be present, so that you can nurture the minds and hearts… Read More

How Teachers Feel About Punctuation (In Gifs)

By The Concordia University-Portland Enrollment Team September 24, 2017

In honor of National Punctuation Day, spend a minute relating with other educators and have a laugh over these oh-so-common punctuation situations you’ve no doubt experienced. When a student turns in a paper full of appropriately used commas: When you read a news article online and they used its instead of it’s: When your colleague… Read More

"The Biggest Lesson a Teacher Ever Taught Me…"

By The Room 241 Team September 22, 2017

Among the many reasons why all of us on Concordia’s enrollment team do what we do, there’s this: we respect teachers. We know that the countless lessons they impart throughout their careers don’t fade over time, but instead can grow stronger and more meaningful as life goes on. Of course, as the days fly by,… Read More

Live a Balanced Life While Thriving In Your Graduate Program

By Denise Dempsey, Concordia MEd '16 September 8, 2017

Before embarking on my online MEd in Curriculum and Instruction at Concordia University-Portland, I spent 15 years working as a health educator, helping individuals find balance and resilience in daily life. My professional knowledge served me well as I ventured into the world of being an online grad student. And after graduation, all that hard work—and… Read More

Virtual Applause: These 5 Teachers Are Making a Difference

By The Concordia University-Portland Enrollment Team August 18, 2017

Almost every teacher will tell you that they didn’t choose their profession for the spotlight. For many teachers, their greatest successes are seemingly small moments that happen with their students in the classroom every day. Still, there are teachers across the country who are making an impact on the lives of their students through innovative… Read More

In Honor of Left-Handers Day: Legendary Lefties

By The Concordia University-Portland Enrollment Team August 13, 2017

This one goes out to all the lefties out there. Today we celebrate you. Since the beginning of time, left-handers have gotten a bad rap. Centuries ago, left-handedness was viewed as inferior and evil, and while these views have since changed, the everyday life of a lefty can still be tricky. In a world where… Read More

5 Tips for Earning an MEd While Still Teaching Full Time

By The Concordia University-Portland Enrollment Team August 7, 2017

Being a teacher is just as rewarding as it can be tiring. Nearly every day of the week, you’re grading papers and lesson planning. You may have kids of your own and advise Key Club. You may exercise every AM, or tutor every PM. Whatever your lifestyle, you don’t want to shuffle it around—but you… Read More

A Day in the Life of a Concordia Online Student

By Room 241 Team August 3, 2017

Earning your Master of Education degree is one of the smartest and most exciting moves you can do for your teaching career. Here’s an example of what your typical day might look like as a Concordia University-Portland student. As you can see, balancing work, family, and your master’s program is absolutely doable—and in the end,… Read More

10 Twitter Accounts Every Teacher Should Follow

By The Concordia University-Portland Enrollment Team July 12, 2017

Without question, Twitter has become a hotspot for education-related tips, tricks, and talks. Just search any of the hashtags #EdTalks, #EdChat, or even #TeacherProblems and you’re instantly connected to a network of passionate educators sharing their experiences and insights into the education world. From nonprofits to everyday teachers, here are a few accounts we like to follow…. Read More

7 Reactions to ’13 Reasons Why’

By The Concordia University-Portland Enrollment Team June 28, 2017

Earlier this year, Netflix released a new series based on a bestselling 2007 YA novel by Jay Asher—and it’s got people talking, a lot. From start to finish, 13 Reasons Why tells the story of Hannah Baker, a high school student who deals with everything from bullying to assault, and ultimately decides (we learn in episode one)… Read More

The last day of school is always bittersweet: Saying goodbye to students can be tough, but usually teachers are so exhausted when summer comes around that they need some time to recover. As you prepare to close up shop for the summer, consider these five summertime tips for relaxing, recovering and preparing for fall. Before… Read More

For the second year in a row, my daughter launched a full-fledged campaign against standardized testing. About a week before the tests began, she argued they were ineffective and unfair. She echoed the concerns of a variety of students, parents and teachers: It’s a bad measure, it’s stressful, it doesn’t influence grades, it takes too… Read More